Category: Shrub - Deciduous
Zones: (7)8 to 10
Size: 6 to 20' tall, to 8' wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Branches upright at first then slightly weeping. Shiny leaves, orange red trumpet-shaped flowers throughout summer. Fruit is round, 2 to 3" diameter and quite ornamental, ripening in September to October. Prefer long, hot, dry summers and cool winters. Tolerate a wide range of soils if well-drained. Prune before flowering because flowers on new growth.
The only species of the genus Punica in cultivation. Native to Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Middle Asia, Pakistan. Naturalized in southern Europe.
Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 472 in 1753.
Punica florida Salisb.
Punica grandiflora Hort. ex Steud.
Punica nana L.
Punica spinosa Lam.